St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Return to Worship Information

Welcome back to church!

As faithful disciples of Jesus Christ in the midst of our response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we remain committed to our Biblical mandate to “love our neighbors as ourselves” and our Wesleyan call to “Do no harm. Do all the good we can. Follow the ordinances (Stay in love) with God.” In doing so, we seek ways to engage faithfully in worship, study, and ministry while ensuring the health and safety of our members and communities. (WNCCUMC COVID-19 Response Guiding Principles, September 2020)

St. Luke’s is committed to safely offering worship in two ways: online/virtual worship and indoor worship. Online/virtual worship is available on the church website, YouTube, and Facebook. Anyone with internet access can participate in our online worship services.

Congregants who meet the following criteria are invited to attend indoor worship if they so desire:

  • People who are well (no recent contact with infected persons, not exhibiting flu-like symptoms)

  • Clergy, worship team (technical and performing), ushers/lay leaders

  • People who are willing to wear a mask that covers mouth and nose

  • People who feel it is the right time for their family

During this first phase of reopening, all attendees must abide by the following guidelines:

  1. Read guidelines and attend only if you and everyone in your household fit the criteria for attendance.

  2. Use hand sanitizer upon entry and exit.

  3. Wear your face covering from the time you exit the car until you return to your car after worship. All persons five (5) years of age and older must wear face coverings.

  4. Maintain a minimum distance of six feet from other congregants.

  5. See a screener at one of the three Sanctuary entrances who will check off name(s) if you are pre-registered or direct you to the late registration table for required information.

  6. Wait for an usher to seat you. Ushers will seat families or direct contact groups in designated safe-distance pew spaces.

  7. There will be no congregational singing.

  8. No nursery, preschool, children or students’ programs will be available.

  9. Restrooms are available.

  10. Offerings will be placed in one of the collection receptacles at the church entrances upon entering or departing.

  11. On Communion Sunday(s), you may pick up your individual communion elements packet as you enter the church. Instructions for the Holy Communion will be explained by the pastors.

  12. Exit the church only when directed by an usher. Once directed, continue moving until you reach the parking lot, as to avoid congestion.

Please read the following before Attending worship:

  • I affirm that I am not currently ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • I agree to abide by the social distancing and safety guidelines being practiced in this church, including wearing a mask that covers my mouth and nose.
  • I consent to hold the church harmless against any damages or claims regarding my voluntary presence here. If I am not able to agree to and affirm the above statements, I will not participate in this worship service in-person and may choose to join the online/virtual options available at, Facebook, and YouTube.

By voluntarily entering this church facility I affirm that during the past 14 days, neither I nor anyone in my family or direct contact group has:

By voluntarily entering this church facility I affirm that during the past 14 days, neither I nor anyone in my family or direct contact group has:

  1. Felt sick or had any of these symptoms not caused by another known condition:

           Fever or chills               Ongoing cough                 Headache.                Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

           Fatigue                         Muscle or body aches       Sore throat               Recent loss of taste or smell 

           Congestion                  Nausea or vomiting           Diarrhea

  1. Been in contact (being 6 feet or closer for more than 15 minutes) with any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting results of a test for COVID-19.

  2. Traveled in an area known to be a “hot-spot” for COVID-19.

  3. Received instructions by a public health or medical professional to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection.

Reopening Video

This video details many of the steps and procedures involved in returning to indoor worship.